Tapper loses life savings of RM185,000 in phone scam

The victim was connected to a ‘high-ranking officer from Bukit Aman’. (AFP pic)

KUANTAN: A rubber tapper lost RM184,999 after he fell victim to a person claiming to be a high-ranking officer from Bukit Aman.

Police said the victim, aged 45, was contacted by a man claiming to be a banker last Thursday who told him he had outstanding credit card payments of RM7,000.

The caller told the tapper that his ATM card verification code had also become known to a third party before connecting him to an “officer at Bukit Aman”.

“The ‘police officer’ told the victim to transfer all his savings to four accounts he provided to avoid losing the money. The ‘officer’ promised to return the money within three days,” Pahang Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof said.

He said the victim, who was worried about losing his savings, transferred the money to the four accounts before realising that he had been duped after failing to contact the “officer” three days later.

The tapper lodged a report at the Bera district police headquarters near here yesterday.